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Alcohol Alternative: Have You Tried Kava Yet?

Where: Polynesian Islands
December 26, 2013 at 10:38 AM | by | Comment (1)

If you're anything like us, you like to enjoy yourself and have a good time on the road. There's no question that we do our fair share of research after the sun goes down in a destination, and coming together over a local beer or spirit is a great way to meet people and get involved in the social scene.

But for those of you who fancy feeling good about yourself in the morning yet would still like to indulge, the Polynesians might have the answer you've been looking for. Kava is a chalky, earthy drink that is made from the roots of the yaqona plant, and although it is alcohol free, it has been known to make people feel pretty good about themselves.

We gave you some advice about navigating a full-blown kava ceremony in Fiji, but we also want to encourage you to seek this out in bars throughout the Polynesian Pacific, including Hawaii. The experience is an interesting one, from the cut coconut cups to the instant numbing of the mouth upon drinking. The best way to describe the feeling after a few is one of relaxation and sedation that does not sacrifice mental clarity or motor skills.

Those traveling through Hawaii Island this winter can find a good cup of kava here. It's where we had our first, and discovered the biggest hurdle for newbies is getting over the flavor. It is definitely obvious you are drinking the remains of a root, but if all goes according to plan, you won't care by the time you get through your second round.

[Photo: kava.com]

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Kalm with Kava

Excellent! It's amazing how few know of the amazing root. You forgot to mention it's available in the US as a non-chalky, dirt water version - www.DrinkKalm.com - Kava mixed with fruit juices to be more palatable with all the relaxing effects.

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